Quick Facts about Lieutenant Albert M. Lea
was born on a farm near Knoxville, Tennessee on July 23, 1808.
- Albert Miller Lea was from a family of eight children. Seven were
- His grandfather was a Baptist preacher who had come to Tennessee during
the American Revolution in the late 1770s.
- Albert Miller Lea started school in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- At age seventeen he quit school for a while and worked on the farm,
clerked in a store, and taught Latin on the side.
- From 1827 to 1831 he went to school at West
Point United States Military Academy. He became a Lieutenant in
the Army following graduation in 1831.
- In October of 1834, he reported at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. There he was ordered to join Lieutenant Colonel
Stephen Watts Kearney's detachment of dragoons at Fort Des Moines.
- During the summer of 1835 he participated in a great adventure up
the Des Moines River valley and across the southeast corner of present-day
- Based upon his travels, he later wrote a book and published a map
showing where the military explorers went during the summer of 1835.
His book and map were titled Notes on Wisconsin Territory, Particularly
with Reference to the Iowa District.
Based upon: "Albert M. Lea," The Palimpsest, March
1935, pp. 69-79.
Photos used by permission, State Historical Society of
Iowa, Iowa City.